The 1990s produced some landmark buildings. Ponds Forge International Sports Centre was designed for Sheffield's World Student Games and is considered to be one of the world’s most technically advanced aquatic venues, attracting more than 1.3m visitors per year. The innovative design of the pool hall has made Ponds Forge the UK's premier venue for national and international swimming events.
During this decade the practice was heavily involved in designing facilities in preparation for the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games. The design of the track at the National Cycling Centre has a reputation for speed hoisting 15 world records and was the venue for 1996, 2000 and 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. Another Games facility was the Aquatics Centre, which was awarded an International Olympic Committee / IAKS Silver Medal.
The practice designed a significant number of sports projects including Stockport Grand Central Pools, Royal Quays Water Park – the first commercially-run indoor water park in the UK and the first of our European projects - Sportiom Sports Centre at s'Hertogenbusch, Holland which won another International Olympics Committee / IAKS Silver Medal.
Continued growth in the commercial mixed-use market was evident at Arcadian, Birmingham and Royal Quays, Newcastle. This decade launched our pioneering commitment to collaborative working through our founder membership of the Design Build Foundation, which later became Be, then Constructing Excellence.